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The A’s are going to trade Andrew Bailey to the Rangers? Really?

Jul 29, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

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Color me dubious, but Brady Tinker of Fox Southwest reports that the A’s and Rangers are talking about a trade involving Andrew Bailey.

Why the A’s would trade their closer to a division rival is an open question.  Of course, the Rangers are said to be involved in intense talks with the Padres about Heath Bell, so maybe this is just a negotiation tactic.

In other news, around 48 hours until the trade deadline hits and we no longer have to deal with weirdness like this.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 29, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Who the hell knows anymore. There is a bunch of crazy nonsense floating about. I think the GMs must have lost their damn minds.

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Unless the A’s have medical info on Bailey they are keeping to themselves, this makes zero sense. They’d have to get some serious offense back in return, since Bailey is under team control for 3 more years.

    • jdl1325 - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      Agreed. The whole idea makes no sense. Just trade deadline misinformation.

  3. baseballisboring - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    I probably would if I could get a really good prospect. The A’s are 12 and a half games out…he’s a damn good reliever, but he’s still a reliever, who comes with injury concerns too.

  4. byjiminy - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    How can you say it makes no sense if you have no idea what they’re offering? Of course he’s valuable. But if the Rangers offer something more valuable, it’s a good deal. Especially if they overvalue closers, as most teams do.

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Because he’s a closer, and relief pitchers are valued way more than they should be. If only we had a book espousing this exact opinion from the A’s GM.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 12:53 AM

      Nice.

  6. sportsguygerald - Jul 29, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    The Rangers farm is loaded and they need bullpen help. The Padres are asking more for Bell than the Rangers wanna pay. Baily would not cost as much due to Baily’s injury history. Maybe Davis and a good pitching prospect could get it done

  7. siouxyaya17 - Jul 29, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    So the real question is, who closes, Bailey or Feliz?

  8. JBerardi - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    How many times do teams trade away a reliever and really end up regretting it? Has it ever happened?

    • Ari Collins - Jul 29, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      Plus a million. Get something valuable for him. Trading with a division rival is great if you’re fleecing them.

      • dan1111 - Jul 30, 2011 at 4:23 AM

        Yeah. Instead of “A’s Trade Closer to Division Rival,” you could rephrase it as “A’s Steal Prospect who Would have Hurt Them Later from Division Rival”

  9. reospeedwagon916 - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Do not underestimate Lew Wolff’s commitment to losing, keeping as many fans as possible away from the Coliseum.

  10. kast2l - Jul 29, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Oakland need to do this. Their minor league system is terrible, ok maybe not terrible but its bad and needs position players. I wouldn’t even ask for major league ready talent. I would ask for their top guys in A or AA ball to get more in return… but Billy Beane should make it happen to improve their future

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